An anti-Salafist march took place in downtown Cologne today. It was organized by what the mainstream media are calling “right-wing extremists” and “neo-Nazis”. Various sources from alternative media tell a different story, but before we get to that, here’s a video of the march. Many thanks to Carpe Diem for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Various people who understand German have sent background reports on the day’s events in Cologne. First, from a German source:
The protest was organized by a group called HoGeSa, Hooligans gegen Salafisten (Hooligans against Salafists). They are fans of football clubs, basically like EDL.
I’m in a Facebook group with people who attended the demonstration on the side of the hooligans. They say that the police were completely against them. The media reported that the hooligans toppled over a police bus, but he said that’s not true. He saw immigrants doing that. The police wouldn’t believe him….
Some reports say the police provoked violence. The demonstrators wanted to leave peacefully, but were hindered. Of course media say it was caused by HoGeSa.
Die Zeit has some coverage indicating that “Hooligans against Salafists” is a group and elsewhere in the article that they are at least some of them soccer fans (hence the name borrowed from the Brits.) There were an estimated 4,000 of them who tried to get past the barricades to confront “peaceful” counter-demonstrators.
Apparently “right-extremist” groups Pro-NRW and Pro-Köln warned members against participating, but one of their leaders showed up. The most I can get from listening and reading about the shouting was that they repeated “Deutschland” and “Auslaender raus” — “Out with foreigners”.
Water cannons, pepper spray, at least one overturned police vehicle. Photos here.
And from Oz-Rita:
The flag seen in the video was designed by the conspirators behind Operation Valkyrie as a possible new flag of Germany to replace the Nazi flag then used. It’s a black Nordic Cross with a gold outline on a red background. A variation with a gold Nordic Cross was proposed as a flag of West Germany but, the tricolor of Weimar Germany was used, and is still the German flag today.